We are back with another post in the little Eseries, Miss to Mrs! If you haven’t read the other posts, head over here to catch up!
Today we are going to chat about cleaning. I hate it. Sometimes, rarely, will i get into a “cleaning” mood. The rest of the time it drives me mental. Its amazing how quick it gets messy too? How? How is it that it takes me almost half a day to clean everything, and about 30 mins for it to get messy?!? And I don’t even have kids!!
Anyway, today lets chat about how to keep the mess slightly at bay, so we all have more time to sit and read.. Because really, that’s what we would all rather be doing, right?!
Make your own cleaners. This may sounds counter productive, since you have another thing to do, but it take about 2 minutes, its cheaper, healthier and easier. Most everything can be cleaned with vinegar, Baking soda/Bi carb soda & lemon. Like honestly. Almost everything. I make my own cleaners, for the counter tops I use a little rubbing alcohol in the mix, as it helps to really clean, as well as essential oils, which are AMAZING. It helps to make them too, because you can make them in big batches, and should you run out, you have everything you need right there to quickly make more! Which, is kinda annoying, cause that takes away the excuse of having no cleaners. Haha.
(I also make my laundry soap, bathroom cleaner, shampoo etc. Maybe Ill post some recipes up if you like!)
Have a cleaning schedule. Ill be honest, this comes and goes in our house, I do TRY to stick to it. When I do, its all good and totally not overwhelming.. And the house is tidy. When I don’t, I spend my only day off in piles of laundry. And usually fall asleep of it all, and then NOTHING get done. Ha. So, the idea is simple, everyday pick ONE place you will clean for that day, like really give some attention. I like do bigger things on the days I have little/no work or shorter shifts. And things like tidying the living room to days that I work, since thats super speedy to do. So pick one thing a day, and just clean that. ALSO IMPORTANT: Do laundry EVERYDAY. Learn from me ladies, lest you find yourself SKY HIGH in 12 loads of clothes. Do a load every day and put it away that same day. Its makes like A WORLD of difference. A WORLD. Moving on.
Have less. If you have less, you clean less. So smplify. If you don’t use it, toss it. If you hate it, chuck it out. Be mean, Be ruthless. We don’t NEED so much. And the less we have, the happy we are *I think we are happier simply because we are all cleaning less! Ha* One thing I am in the middle of doing is going through our closet and tossing a ton of clothes. One we don’t wear, that are stained, and that one of us worn the day they won the seventh grade track meet back in 2002 which is faded and has no sleeves *Cough*
Another thing that I have been finding is that its better to save and buy better quality jeans and coats and shoes that last then spread “less” and have to buy three pairs in the same year. Thats something to keep in mind too.
Lastly, Ill Finnish with my lovely Mums motto, which she told me thrice a day.. Don’t put it down, Put it away! I did listen, and Mum, it works a charm;)
Well, I hope some of these have been helpful, please add your own to the list if you have any..
In the end of it all though, its not about our clean houses and our laundry routines, we don’t love and judge each other based off our shiny carpets, and Thank God that he doesn’t either! While we try our hardest, there are more important things in life than that, like the tending to our kids, and the loving of our husbands, and the serving of our Lord.
New Little *Cleaning* Wife